[INDOLOGY] Private Indic manuscript libraries

Dominik Wujastyk wujastyk at gmail.com
Wed Nov 1 02:16:01 UTC 2017

It's not at all delicate, but one can buy Sanskrit manuscripts quite easily on
Some even appear to be astral tables.  I have tried this out with one
manuscript, as a proof-of-concept, and it worked perfectly well.  I got an
1830 CE copy of a medical text, no illustrations, for $100.  It is a real
manuscript, though of course *caveat emptor. *

To export an item more than 100 years old from India requires a license
from the Indian Department of Antiquities.


Professor Dominik Wujastyk <http://ualberta.academia.edu/DominikWujastyk>

Singhmar Chair in Classical Indian Society and Polity

Department of History and Classics <http://historyandclassics.ualberta.ca/>
University of Alberta, Canada

South Asia at the U of A:


On 30 October 2017 at 03:59, Clemency Montelle via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> Dear colleagues,
> As part of work Kim Plofker and I are doing on manuscripts of numerical
> tables in Sanskrit, in addition to considering those examples that can be
> found in manuscript collections from libraries and universities, we found
> ourselves faced with those that originate from private collections or
> through dealers.
> We realised that we are unfamiliar with research more generally on Indic
> private manuscript collections, their origins, the extent of them, their
> circumstances, and what happens to them over time (if indeed such research
> exists).  There is of course quite a bit of media surrounding the sale of
> antiquities and art treasures privately and various legal issues
> surrounding this.
> But has anyone done any research on private manuscript libraries on the
> Indian subcontinent?  Or on related (and possibly more delicate) questions
> on where private dealers get their manuscripts from?
> Any leads would be greatly appreciated.
> with best wishes,
> Clemency
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